Donald Trump

Human Rights Campaign Will Sue Trump Administration for Revoking Transgender Protections

Published by

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has announced it will file a lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s administration after it rolled back anti-discrimination rules protecting transgender people seeking healthcare.

HRC noted in a press release that “critical civil rights protections in the rule implementing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)” have been impacted by the rule change, which eliminates “explicit protections from discrimination based on sex stereotyping and gender identity that have existed under law, thereby sanctioning discrimination against LGBTQ people in health care programs and activities.”

The announcement came on the fourth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting, the deadliest attack against the LGBTQ community on United States soil.

Advertisement

“We cannot and will not allow Donald Trump to continue attacking us. Today, the Human Rights Campaign is announcing plans to sue the Trump administration for exceeding their legal authority and attempting to remove basic health care protections from vulnerable communities including LGBTQ people. And, to add insult to injury, the administration finalized this rule on the anniversary of the Pulse shooting, where a gunman killed 49 people in an LGBTQ nightclub,” 

Advertisement
said HRC President Alphonso David.

He added: “LGBTQ people get sick. LGBTQ people need health care. LGBTQ people should not live in fear that they cannot get the care they need simply because of who they are. It is clear that this administration does not believe that LGBTQ people, or other marginalized communities, deserve equality under the law. But we have a reality check for them: we will not let this attack on our basic right to be free from discrimination in health care go unchallenged. We will see them in court, and continue to challenge all of our elected officials to rise up against this blatant attempt to erode critical protections people need and sanction discrimination.”

Advertisement

HRC “will argue that the removal of protections against sex stereotyping and gender identity exceeds the administration’s authority to define sex discrimination under the ACA and grossly undermines the law’s primary goal of eliminating barriers and broadly expanding access to healthcare and health education programs,” according to its release, which also notes that fear of discrimination is a major reason why LGBTQ individuals don’t seek healthcare.”

The Trump administration’s announcement comes amid a spate of protests against racial injustice and police brutality which has compelled millions to take to the streets even as they risk infection from the novel coronavirus. Violence against transgender individuals is also a common occurrence nationwide. In recent days, civil rights organizations, including HRC, have spoken out against the killings of Riah Milton and Dominique Rem’mie, whose deaths are the latest in a string of killings that continue to generate conversations about transphobia in the United States.

Advertisement
Published by

Recent Posts

Just One Republican Voted To Keep The US From Defaulting

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) was the only Republican in the House who voted to keep…

24 mins ago

Fox News And Tucker Carlson Are Tampering With 1/6 Committee Witnesses

Tucker Carlson engaged in witness tampering as he nudged a 1/6 Committee witness not to…

5 hours ago

1/6 Committee Tells Mark Meadows To Show Up Or Face Possible Criminal Prosecution

The leadership of the 1/6 Committee told former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to…

6 hours ago

Matt Gaetz Is Trying To Get Trump Sent To Prison With Him By Naming Him Speaker

Rep. Matt Gaetz told reporters that if Republicans win the House majority, he will move…

6 hours ago

Watch A Reporter Call Out Marjorie Taylor Greene For Supporting Domestic Terrorists More Than The Capitol Police

At a press conference with fellow Reps. Matt Gaetz and Louie Gohmert, Rep. Marjorie Taylor…

9 hours ago

GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw Trashes Marjorie Taylor Greene And Jim Jordan

Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) ripped Reps. like Marjorie Taylor Greene and Jim Jordan for being…

10 hours ago

This website uses cookies.